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Chevrolet Cruze

#6 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers like the pleasant ride, even handling, powerful available diesel engine and spacious trunk for the class that the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze delivers.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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Chevrolet Sonic

#15 in Affordable Small Cars

With a large rear seat, numerous available features and agile handling, the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic earns reviewers' appreciation. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 2_5
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Chevrolet Spark

#29 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good choice for urban commuters who desire a contemporary cabin and low base price, but it lacks the power of other cars in the class. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:6.6
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_0
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Dodge Dart

#23 in Affordable Small Cars

Though some test drivers complain about the 2015 Dodge Dart's uncomfortable front seats and weak base engine, they appreciate its nimble handling and user-friendly tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 2_5
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FIAT 500

#36 in Affordable Small Cars

The base 2015 Fiat 500's lackluster engine and economical cabin materials fail to impress reviewers, but they are thrilled with the higher-trim 500 Abarth's exhilarating performance.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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FIAT 500L

#10 in Wagons

The 2015 Fiat 500L has a straightforward infotainment system and an airy cabin, but it's not as fun to drive as some rivals, according to critics. Read full review»

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Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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FIAT 500X

#12 in Affordable Compact SUVs

The 2016 Fiat 500X has sharp handling and an upscale interior, but its engines aren’t particularly powerful or refined, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Ford Fiesta

#12 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Ford Fiesta delivers agile handling and a first-rate cabin, but reviewers are dissatisfied with its perplexing tech features and cramped rear seats. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 2_0
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Ford Focus

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

Lively handling, first-rate interior materials and a sophisticated cabin are hallmarks of the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus that win reviewers over. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 2_0
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Honda Civic

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

An upscale and roomy interior, silky transmission and solid fuel economy win over critics and help the 2015 Honda Civic shine in a crowded segment. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Honda Fit

#1 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Honda Fit has exceptional fuel economy and impresses critics with generous cargo room, a spacious back seat and pleasant ride, making it a standout among small hatchbacks. Read full review»

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Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 4_0
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Hyundai Accent

#15 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Hyundai Accent delivers a smooth ride and provides plenty of cargo space, critics say, but they point out that the car doesn't have a number of tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.0
Reliability: 3_5
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Hyundai Elantra

#20 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has a spacious cabin and gets good fuel economy with its base engine, but that engine isn't especially powerful and ride quality is poor over rough roads, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Hyundai Veloster

#37 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster's contemporary interior earns critics' appreciation, but not its sluggish base engine and harsh ride. Read full review»

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.0
Interior:7.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_0
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Jeep Compass

#27 in Affordable Compact SUVs

Aside from its low base price, the 2015 Jeep Compass disappoints reviewers, who say it has underpowered engine choices, few standard features and dull handling. Read full review»

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Overall:5.6
Critics' Rating:5.2
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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Jeep Patriot

#26 in Affordable Compact SUVs

Test drivers agree that the 2015 Jeep Patriot falls short of most rivals thanks to its low-rent cabin materials, underpowered engines and small cargo area, although it does have a low base price. Read full review»

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Overall:5.7
Critics' Rating:5.1
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.1
Safety:7.8
Reliability: 3_0
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Jeep Renegade

#6 in Affordable Compact SUVs

Test drivers write that the brand-new 2015 Jeep Renegade is a good all-around small SUV with sporty handling, a smooth ride and impressive off-road abilities. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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Kia Forte

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

A spacious interior and trunk, supportive seating and a range of tech features make the 2015 Kia Forte a good value, critics say. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Rio

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

Critics like the 2015 Kia Rio's spry engine, generous warranty, and well-made interior in its higher trims, but some complain the car’s ride is too stiff.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.3
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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Kia Soul

#6 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2015 Kia Soul's high-end interior materials, as well as numerous standard and optional features, impress automotive writers. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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